Editors Wanted at the Bookwoman

If you’re a recent graduate or alumni looking to enhance your resume and to give back to the literary community, this may be the opportunity for you!

Members in good standing are invited to apply to join the editorial team of The Bookwoman, the official publication of one of the oldest and most prestigious book organizations in the United States.

These voluntary Assistant Editor positions are a great opportunity to enhance your online publishing experience and boost your résumé.
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Responsibilities include creating content, liaising with chapter correspondents, and compiling, editing, and formatting the online publication in Constant Contact. (Experience is great, but training will be given to successful applicants.)
Email Nicole Ayers at: newsletter@wnba-books.org, with “Assistant Editor Position” as the subject line. Include your name, contact information, and WNBA chapter.
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WNBA membership is $50 for regular members and $20 for students.

Event: Edit Test Workshop

Ace Your Next Edit Test Class

An Ed2010 Event

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Have you taken a million edit tests but never land the gig? It’s not you, it’s that you don’t know the secrets to giving editors what they want. Find out what they are. Chandra Turner, Ed’s founder & president and the Executive Editor of Parents(formerly of CosmoGirl, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, YM) is teaching a 2-day class on how to prep for an entry-level edit test (editorial assistant, assistant editor, associate editor).

Part 1 (Tuesday, July 23):
How to study the mag, how to edit the test piece, what they are looking for when they ask for a critique or for your ideas.

Part 2 (Wednesday, July 24):
Learn how to tailor your test to the specific mag you’re applying to and how to write display copy so good that it’ll sell the magazine on YOU. The little touches editors expect on tests, and the conventions of following up after an edit test.

We’ll also provide sample edit tests for you to take home.

When: Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (bring your own sack dinner!)

Where: Midtown Manhattan. We’ll send you the address when you sign up.

How much: $185

Who’s it for: Editorial Assistant, Assistant Editor and Associate Editor applicants. You must be no more than 24 months out of college. College students are also welcome.

How to sign up: RSVP REQUIRED. Write to edschool@ed2010.com with the subject line ACE YOUR NEXT EDIT TEST. Tell us where you work, your position and how long you’ve been working there (or if you’re unemployed). You’ll get an email back with the PayPal URL.

“What Are You Reading?”: New Blog Feature


A Call for Readers and Writers!

The M.S. in Publishing Blog invites all students, faculty and alumni to contribute to a new blog feature called “What Are You Reading?This monthly feature is designed to uncover page turning Books, and interesting Magazines, Articles, Blogs and Websites across different channels of reading, print or electronic.  Share your thoughts on these new literary trends with the M.S. in Publishing community.  Basically, let us know what you’re reading!

If you would like to submit a post for “What Are You Reading?please email Diana Cavallo at puboffice@pace.edu if you are interested in writing an article.

 

I’ve written the first feature sample about a publishing blog I recently discovered.  I hope you enjoy it and am are looking forward to all of your submissions!

 


What Are You Reading?: “The Book Deal”

By: Diana Cavallo

 

Lately, I find myself reading intruging articles from the publishing blog, “The Book Deal,”  geared for writers and publishing professionals. Many of these articles are written by Alan Rinzler, a longtime editor and publisher at companies like Bantam Books, Rolling Stone Magazine, John Wiley & Sons, Grove Press and Macmillan.   This semester, I am taking some editorial classes and working on my thesis about book publishing, titled “The Making of A Bestseller,” so Rinzler’s articles are both relevant and interesting to my place in the program.  His September 17, 2012 article, “Ask the editor: An agent said my novel needs emotional glue. Help!” exposes a sensitive subject for authors and editors, the emotion of a manuscript.  He defines the “emotional glue” as acharacter’s internal reactions, ruminations, and anticipated responses to the dialogue and action of the story…the unspoken ideas and feelings that focus and hold together the narrative and keep the reader right there with you.”   From a reader’s perspective, it is interesting to understand and acknowledge the thought process behind building a novel’s emotional glue that both the author and editor (and sometimes agent) goes through.  Most readers don’t take into account that developmental editors, like Rinzler, have spent countless hours working with authors to add or erase dimensions of a character and ultimately, the story. What I thought was the most important of Rinzler’s advice to editors and authors was to be clear and aware of a novel’s message during the writing process and to make effective use of details that show readers emotion and importance, not tell them.

 

The beauty of Rinzler’s blog is that he touches on so many different aspects of publishing.  In an article titled, “Big-6 publisher jumps on the indie bandwagon,” Rinzler helps his readers become aware of a change regarding the relationship between self-publishing and a Big-6 publishing house, Penguin Group.  The publisher acquired Author Solutions Inc (ASI), a leading provider of services for self-publishing writers.  Since the boom of self-publishing, some publishers have been walking a thin line as to whether they should stay clear of self-publishing authors, or draw the most talented of them into their creative circles.   I was surprised to read that Penguin had taken such a leap on this new aspect of publishing.  John Makinson, Penguin’s CEO, looks as the acquisition as a largely positive and proactive move for the company.  “Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry over the past three years,” he said, “It has provided new outlets for professional writers, a huge increase in the range of books available to readers and an exciting source of content for publishers.”  Essentially, Penguin has widened the pool from which they can find new authors and manuscripts.  This acquisition will also provide these authors with the new ability to be part of the resources of “publishing machines,” from the detailed marketing and publicity campaign, to innovations in production and distribution.   From the article, it seems that both parties would benefit from this new arrangement, but not all of the industry experts that Rinzler interviewed felt the same about this acquisition and the role model that it may have set for other publishers.